Duterte’s “pro-mining pivot” another form of public betrayal – fishers’ group

“Akin to his West Philippine Sea pretense, Mr. Duterte’s anti-mining stance was nothing but a false show, his crackdown against big mines was a toothless tiger merely declared for public image building. This administration’s pro-mining pivot adds to its records of environmental destruction and sell out of national patrimony. Duterte is a national traitor at its best in this respect,” Hicap said, referring to President Duterte’s “campaign joke” with regard to riding a jet ski to assert the West Philippine Sea. Ok

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Immediate release of sickly peasant leader sought; Duterte blamed for endangering health of Canlas

Manila, Philippines – “Every single day that peasant leader Joseph Canlas is deprived of liberty is a ticking time bomb for his life. The Duterte government is accountable for whatever would happen to Canlas because of his unjust and prolonged detention,” according to the national fishers’ group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) on Monday, as it demanded the immediate and unconditional release of detained peasant activist Joseph Canlas over humanitarian grounds.

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Call for Duterte’s resignation mounted amid China’s continued aggression

“This protest is a reassertion of our rightful claim in the West Philippine Sea. It is likewise a reminder to China that Filipino fishers are ever-ready to assert and reclaim what is rightfully ours. We demand Beijing to respect the fishing rights of Filipino fishers and moreover, leave the Philippine waters and end their massive destruction of our marine resources,” Arambulo asserted during the protest action.

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